Thanks for the replies. I guess I'm drawn to the method I posted because it's (sorta) close to my grandmother's 'method'. I'm not sentimental, it just worked really well. Sadly, that was a looong time ago. My father-in-law uses one of those 'teeny' electric smokers and it's -OK- but definitely nowhere near as good.
The long brine time, really doesn't make it taste saltier... the salt really doesn't 'absorb' all that much... just sorta stays on the surface.
Thanks for the suggestion of the A-Maze-N tube. I keep wondering if the 'tube' is as good as the 'box'... I ask because it's definitely less $. Any thoughts on that?